Vocal Coach Roger Love Says
The famous vocal coach Roger Love says
only after you’ve managed to get the listener to like you enough….(they’ll) be open to (your) words and ideas….
And if you’re someone who’s attentive and reflective about the way you communicate, you know that he’s right!
Friendly people get more attention, they get more positive feedback.
Research indicates that friendly people…those perceived as likable, get more promotions.
Toastmasters speaking clubs often refer to this melody as “vocal variety”. In my accent reduction coaching programs I refer to this as intonation.
American English intonation
Intonation brings meaning to your message. When you use American English intonation correctly, it can make you sound
If you don’t use American English intonation correctly, it can make you sound
A monotone voice is not expressive. It won’t help you connect with others. Speaking in a monotone won’t make you sound likable. That’s just the way it is.
Where to learn American English intonation
If you want to learn more how using the correct intonation will make you sound more friendly and more likable, take my free trial lesson called The Secret to Making Friendly Small Talk.
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.